Man accused of slamming into Virginia Beach townhouse, throwing toddler over fence

Posted at 4:56 PM, Oct 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-12 18:18:07-04

UPDATE: Police identified the suspect as Devonte Johnson, 22, of Chesapeake.

Devonte Johnson, 22, led police on a short chase before crashing into a town house.

Johnson is charged with reckless driving, fleeing police, child endangerment, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license.

He is in the Virginia Beach jail without bond. 

Virginia Beach, Va. - State Police are investigating a police chase that ended with a driver hitting a town house and throwing a child over a fence in Virginia Beach.

According to state police, around 2:18 p.m. a trooper attempted to pull over a speeding vehicle on I-64 EB west of Indian River Road and the suspect sped off as the officer approached the car.

The suspect turned onto Peppermill Lane in Virginia Beach at a high speed and lost control of the 2013 Dodge Charger, striking the corner of a townhouse.

The chase didn't end there.

When the suspect was told to put his hands in the air, police say he grabbed a child from the car and fled on foot.

The suspect then threw the child over a wooden fence and attempted to jump himself but was caught by the trooper.

The three-year-old child suffered minor injuries and was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital as a precaution.

The suspect is currently in custody.

The town house was occupied at the time of the crash but no one was injured.